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Colors of Amersfoort - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Amersfoort is an honorable ancient city in the Netherlands. It perfectly preserved historical monuments of medieval architecture, so every tourist will be able to enjoy its rich history. Officially the status of the city and its current name the city received in the 13th century. Local people are proud of their history and call it the "city of people" created by people. The city of Amersfoort with a population of 128 thousand people is the second largest city in the province of Utrecht - the central part of the Netherlands. It is also ranked 17th in importance in the Netherlands as a whole. The municipality of the city includes the settlements of Hoogland, Hooglanderveen, and Stoutenburg-Noord. Amersfoort is a very diverse, distinct and prosperous city with modern architecture and a thriving economy.
The predominant color of the city is blue, which symbolizes water, and green - the color of forests and parks that the city abounds in. From an economic point of view, Amersfoort is one of the most vital cities in the Netherlands with huge manpower and high average income. It is on the third place in terms of net income per capita among 25 cities with a population of more than 100 thousand people. The city will amaze any tourist, even the most refined gourmet with its variety of gastronomic institutions. More than 250 pubs and restaurants offering excellent beer, as well as French, Japanese, Mexican and Flemish cuisine for every taste, from the most affordable to the most luxurious.
During its years, Amersfoort has gained a lot of interesting "nicknames" from tourists, who are delighted with its cozy and picturesque mood. Locals take care of the environment and prefer using the two-wheeled vehicles to cars. For this occasion, the management of the city provided its residents with all the necessary biking facilities. So not surprisingly, that the first nickname of Amersfoort is the "city of bicycles". You will be amazed by a large number of two-wheelers on the streets. It is worth noting that the bicycle is popular with people of all ages here. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
It’s not difficult to choose a stylish and comfortable hotel in Amersfoort. One of the coolest design hotels of the city is Logement de Gaaper. It’s set in a gorgeous historic … Open
Another interesting name Amersfoort - "city of youth" or "city of children." The thing is that about 20% of the local residents consist of kids under the age of fourteen. The third nickname of Amersfoort- "the city of boulders", which is associated with an interesting history occurred in the 17th century. Do not hesitate and take a thematic excursion, where the guide will enlight you about events taken in 1661. Young travelers usually refer to Amersfoort as a "city of festivals". Local youth, as well as tourists from nearby cities, are attracted by a variety of holidays and concerts held here throughout the year.
One of the most unusual events of Amersfoort takes place on May annually - the holiday called "Nudist Day". The name of the holiday speaks for itself! The main venue for this event can be found in the famous Sportfondsenbad pool. Due to its rich ancient architecture and history, the city of Amersfoort is one of the venues for the famous national holiday - Open Monumentendag. This is the Open Day in the local historical buildings of Holland. Annually in the second weekend of September, ancient buildings, like houses on canals, lofts, churches, factory buildings open their doors to visitors. And many also prepare an interesting program for its guests. The entrance to the buildings is free. So if you are planning a trip to Amersfoort in September, be sure the witness this event due to the variety of interesting entertainment program.
Berghotel Amersfoort - Utrecht deserves priority among upscale hotels of Amersfoort. Its opening was held more than a hundred years ago. The building housing the hotel is one of the … Open
Due to a great number of kids in Amersfoort, it is not surprising that the most anticipated holidays start in November. Sinterklaas, the predecessor of Santa Claus, comes to the city by ship in the middle of November and presents gifts to those children who behaved well. After St. Nicholas Day, everyone is waiting for Christmas. Local Christmas cannot be compared to the American one. Amersfoort treats Christmas in a special way. There are no excessive decorations on the streets, only modest accents, reminding that Christmas is still coming soon. During this magical holiday, you will be able to stroll around festive streets and purchase various local goods on the small fairs. On December 26, locals celebrate the Day of St. Stephen. The Dutch go to visit various events, restaurants, and theaters. If you decide to combine shopping and travel to Christmas Holland, do not forget to grab a couple of days before or after Christmas, when festive discounts prevail in the stores.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Amersfoort and surroundings

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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Amersfoort
♥   Basiliek van de H. Johannes de Doper, Laren, 15.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Sint Maarten, Utrecht, 19 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint Catharinakathedraal, Utrecht, 19 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Nicolaas, Ijsselstein, 41.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van St. Jan de Evangelist, ’s-Hertogenbosch, 51.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de Sint-Jan-de-Doper, Oosterhout, 66.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Amersfoort
♥   Castle 'Drakensteyn Castle' , 11.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Huis Doorn' , 13.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Vredenburg Castle' , 19.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Duurstede Castle' , 20.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slot Zuylen' , 21.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Nijenrode Castle' , 25.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'De Haar Castle' , 27.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Amersfoort and around

Castle Muiderslot

From the series “Impressive Castles and Palaces Located on Water”
Already a century later, there was no trace of the fine, exquisite atmosphere prevailing in the castle. The gardens were destroyed and the castle was converted into prison. In the 20th century the historical building was restored. Today the castle is a branch of the Amsterdam State Museum. Recently, the unusual medieval-style attractions were arranged in the palaces. All visitors can try on the ancient armor or costume of the court jester, learn to deal with the old weapons. In the small courtyard you can enjoy the aristocratic entertainment - participate in the falcon hunting. … Read further

Pythonbrug

From the series “The Most Unusual and Strange Bridges on Earth”
The bridge connecting Borneo Island with the Sporenburg Peninsula was opened in 2001. The bridge is located in the center of Amsterdam, next to the striking historical monuments. The workers of the architectural office West 8 decided a few years ago to refresh the center of the city and built this strange high-tech bridge, which reminds of the huge winding python. … Read further
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IHG Brings Its voco Brand to Scotland

As hotels in Scotland might open in April or May, the opening of two new hotels is a signal that life is slowly going back to normal and leisure travel will resume closer to summer. The name of the brand – voco – means “invite” or “call together” in Latin. The Glasgow hotel will be the first property by this brand in Scotland. The voco Grand Central Glasgow is a rebranded property open instead of the existing Grand Central Hotel. IHG reimagined the popular place, retaining its original charm. The new Glasgow hotel now features 230 rooms, meeting and event spaces, and an interesting option – a possibility to contact resident experts known as voco hosts who are ready to explore the most interesting parts of the city together with guests. voco Grand Central is a perfectly suitable choice for both leisure and business travelers. Read this

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Traditions and festivals in cities around Amersfoort

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Amersfoort. Learn the best periods to visit Amersfoort to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Amersfoort.
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